Requires courses of instruction to include information on "comfort women".
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring certain text-books to include information on "comfort women"
PURPOSE: The purpose of the bill is to facilitate the teaching of an unbiased and factual account of events that occurred during World War II involving the Comfort Women.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends the education law by adding a new section 707 which will require that any text-book approved and issued pursuant to section seven hundred one of this article shall include historical information regarding the "comfort women". This term collectively refers to the acquisition of thousands of women by the government of Japan for the sole purpose of sexual servitude for the Imperial Japanese army during World War II.
Section 2 of the bill sets an effective date of the July 1, 2016 and the provisions shall apply to books approved and issued after that date.
JUSTIFICATION: The purpose of this legislation is to facilitate the teaching of an unbiased and factual account of events that occurred during World War 11. It is important to ensure that events such as those that occurred in relation to the "comfort women" are accurately reflected in the text books we use to teach our students.
During World War 11, the Imperial Japanese Army forced thousands of women to prostitute themselves for the benefit of the Emperor's troops in Korea and other nations. There have been recent efforts to deny the existence of this human rights atrocity and to blame it on alleged "racial conflicts" and efforts to harass the people of Japan. These attempts to deny or minimize such historic events make it necessary to provide an unbiased and factual account of these issues to our students. It is also important to make sure this history is taught in light of the increasing amount of sex trafficking that is happening within the United States as well as throughout the world.
It is the responsibility of the legislature to make sure that the history of the "comfort women" is not ignored and to shed light on the continuing victimization of women and men that has a long and torturous legacy dating back many thousands of years.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on July 1, 2016 and shall apply to text-books approved and issued on or after such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7759 IN SENATE June 5, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring certain text-books to include information on "comfort women" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 707 to read as follows: S 707. COMFORT WOMEN. ANY TEXT-BOOK APPROVED AND ISSUED PURSUANT TO SECTION SEVEN HUNDRED ONE OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL INCLUDE HISTORICAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE "COMFORT WOMEN". SUCH TERM COLLECTIVELY REFERS TO THE ACQUISITION OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN BY THE GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SEXUAL SERVITUDE FOR THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II. S 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016 and shall apply to any text-books approved and issued on and after such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13988-10-4